About Rick McCullough
Colorado does NOT have any exisiting laws requiring licensing of Home Inspectors. This means that you will ultimately have to make your hiring decision with other means. How can you tell if your Home Inspector is really qualified, knowledgeable, unbiased and working for YOU. My Promise to You Choosing the right home inspector is a difficult, but very important decision. Unlike most professionals, you probably will not get to meet me until after you hire me and we meet for YOUR inspection. Furthermore, different inspectors have varying knowledge, experience, qualifications, equipment, reporting methods and yes, different pricing. One thing for sure is that a home inspection requires an overall intimate knowledge on the workings of your home. Ultimately a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector's own effort. I understand that this is probably the largest investment you will ever make. If you honor me by permitting me to inspect your new home, I promise you that I will inspect your new home as if it were my son or daughter buying it.Rick McCulloughAlert Home Services303-464-7026 I have been Inspecting Denver Metro Area homes since 1990 and have performed over 15,000 in that time. I have always held myself to the highest standards through continuing education, being honest, never cutting corners, providing the best possible service to the Client. That's why I have become a member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI). As a NACHI member, I:Pass NACHI's Online Inspector Examination every year. This general, not association-specific exam is an industry standard required by NACHI and some state licensing boards, Adhere to the industry's largest, most comprehensive Standards of Practice, Abide by NACHI's Code of Ethics, Follow a strict continuing education policy that requires, among other things, that I receive 24 hours of continuing education each year, Have completed NACHI's ethics "obstacle course" which ensures that I am aware of my ethical duties as a home inspector, Have passed NACHI's Standards of Practice quiz, Have signed and submitted an affidavit legally agreeing that I have and will continue to adhere to all NACHI standards, ethics and education requirements, Maintain a continuing education log that is verified by NACHI, Submit a portion of my inspection reports to NACHI's report review committee for outside evaluation, Am required to successfully complete NACHI's comprehensive Standards of Practice course and examination, Roofing course and examination and Electrical course and examination, Attend at least one chapter meeting or educational seminar every two years (reasonable exceptions apply), Have access to the Inspector's Quarterly so I can keep up-to-date on all the latest issues in the home inspection industry, Have access to a number of learning tools such as inspection tips and technique illustrations, a library of home inspection books and videos, the industry's largest message board, NACHI's "what's new" publication of recent inspection news, Dear NACHI," a detailed advice column, free online courses, quizzes, and exams, and the NACHI University, Have access to a time-tested agreement that helps avoid lawsuits, Have access to a free report review and mentoring service, Have access to the NACHI Mall, and Provide access to a free consumer hot-line.
If you need a home inspection performed, don't settle for anything less than a NACHI-certified home inspector. Contact me now to schedule your inspection. Or call 303-464-7026 to set your appoinment. Rick McCulloughAlert Home Services 303-464-7026Inspected once, Inspected right! ®
Contact me now to schedule an inspection or call 303-464-7026 to set your appoinment today
As a NACHI member I must adhere to NACHI's Standards of Practice. This means I will attempt to inspect all of the following (when accessible):Roof, vents, flashings, and trim, Gutters and downspouts, Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations, Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings, Eaves, soffit and fascia, Grading and drainage, Basement, foundation and crawlspace, Water penetration and foundation movement, Heating systems, Cooling systems, Main water shut off valves, Water heating system, Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets, Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats, Electrical service line and meter box, Main disconnect and service amperage, Electrical panels, breakers and fuses, Grounding and bonding, GFCIs and AFCIs, Fireplace damper door and hearth, Insulation and ventilation, Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers, And much more...
The Client receives a detailed, printed and bound, Inspection Report with an easy to understand Summary Page(s) upon completion of the Inspection. No waiting until the next day or two to receive the Report. Then if you do have questions or concerns they can be addressed then and there while the inspection is fresh.
What Really Matters
Buying a home? The process can be stressful. A home inspection is supposed to give you peace of mind, but often has the opposite effect. You will be asked to absorb a lot of information in a short time. This often includes a written report, checklist, photographs, environmental reports and what the inspector himself says during the inspection. All this combined with the seller's disclosure and what you notice yourself makes the experience even more overwhelming. What should you do?
Relax. Most of your inspection will be maintenance recommendations, life expectancies and minor imperfections. These are nice to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:Major defects. An example of this would be a structural failure. Things that lead to major defects. A small roof-flashing leak, for example. Things that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy or insure the home. Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electric panel.
Anything in these categories should be addressed. Often a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).
Most sellers are honest and are often surprised to learn of defects uncovered during an inspection. Realize that sellers are under no obligation to repair everything mentioned in the report. No home is perfect. Keep things in perspective. Do not kill your deal over things that do not matter. It is inappropriate to demand that a seller address conditions already listed on the seller's disclosure or nit-picky items.
You should also consider a Walk Through Inspection to find if the items requested and agreed to be fixed, replaced or removed are done.
We offer many levels of Inspections.
Pre-Listing Home Inspections
Home Maintenance Inspections
4 Point Inspections, (Major systems only, Heating/Cooling, Electrical, Roofing, Structual)
Construction Draw Inspections
Video sewer line inspections
Real time Radon Testing with results at time of inspection, no waiting for results.
1 Year Home Warranties with no pre-exisiting conditions
Pre-Closing Inspection walk through for your inspection notice repair agreements
Visit Alert Home Services web site today to learn more.
Alert Home Services provides Home Inspections, Video Sewer Inspections, Radon Testing, Warranties throughout the Denver Metro Area and along the Front Range. NACHI Certified, Call Today 303- 464-7026